New Danny MacAskill Video – The Slabs

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Danny MacAskill is at it again, riding things on the Isle of Skye and scaring us. If you just look at the odd clip some of this almost looks like the sort of thing we could manage. And then you look at the photographs and realise it really doesn’t. Either way, we don’t recommend that you all rush off to Scotland in lieu of getting a Utah slickrock fix this year. Instead, just sit back and watch someone who knows what they’re doing do it properly – let’s leave the emergency services to deal with other things.

Danny says:

With many of our overseas filming plans cancelled as a result of recent times myself and the crew decided to look a little closer to home for our latest film.

I am a big fan of rock climbing and have been inspired by the various men and woman who set new routes and test themselves on some amazing faces around the world so I set out to find some challenging Slab Rock routes on my home Island of Skye with an aim to ride them in a continuous line and test what was possible on my bike. The remote Dubh Slabs rising out of Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Black Cuilin ridge provided some of the steepest terrain I have ever ridden as well as an amazing back drop for the film.

The remote location and steep face forced us to think outside the box and meant we had to move away from traditional filming techniques, with us opting to shoot the entire film using GoPros mounted on myself and an FPV (First Person View) racing drone.

Photo Credit: Dave Mackison

The photos are incredible, and we don’t wish to detract from them with our captions, but we couldn’t resist.

Do you think that drop is rollable?

Not the moment to discover your brakes are still Euro-style.

Back to FiveTen’s roots with rock climbing rubber?

How can you be a hero without dirt? How do we roost?

Off the back, you say, and no front brake, and everything will be OK? Really?

Ooh, grass! A soft bit to land on, finally.

Line choice is really quite important.

A handy puddle you can pretend you fell in when a little bit of fear wee slipped out.

Please tell us there’s a parachute in that backpack. Because carrying snacks and a spare innertube seems a little redundant.

Yay, a rock to pop off. This trail was getting dull without air time.

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Hannah Dobson

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I came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. I like all bikes, but especially unusual ones. More than bikes, I like what bikes do. I think that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments. I try to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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